Why is Leadership Development Important to Business Success?
The concept of Leadership Development sounds good, but its value is often underrated and misunderstood. In a business setting, the most important aspect of leadership is the ability to inspire others to join your business vision. This starts with CEO and trickles down to all directors and managers in any organization. All teams in sports or any other endeavor do best when they are in sync. To be in sync, there has to be a shared vision and agreement to engage to achieve that vision according to the standards and guidelines of the organization. Clarity about the vision of the organization you are joining is essential to its success. Communicating that clarity from the moment of recruitment forward ensures shared expectations and agreement which are the foundation for accountability.
Leadership Has to Start at the Top
Good leadership starts at the top. If it doesn’t, then all good efforts of VPs, middle managers, supervisors and even employees to be inspired leaders are subject to sabotage that results from the lack of agreement from the top of the organization. I have seen this kind of sabotage and it is heartbreaking. I was working once with a Ministry. The employees were thrilled to put their systems in place and an organizational structure that clarified who did what and eliminated duplication of effort or things slipping through the cracks. They were appreciative of the clarity that the systems and structure provided. Unfortunately, even though the head of the organization initially supported these efforts, in the end he became the one who sabotaged his staff’s best efforts.
You might ask why in the world would he do that? It seems counterintuitive and against everyone’s self-interest. The reason came down to that individual’s unwillingness to let go of old habits and allow others to take command of the new way of operating. In that organization, hope changed to disappointment when it became clear that things weren’t really going to change after all. It does take courage to change old ways of operating and make room for others to be in charge based on a shared vision. The quality of the employees’ experience and the success of the business hang in the balance. Some heads of companies just aren’t ready to allow that kind of change. The opportunity for the leader is to get results through the team based on shared expectations and agreement. The leader’s role to to beat the drum for the vision while inviting others to join that vision. That is all about invitation and allowing, not force and control.
Inspired vs Ho-Hum Leadership.
Inspired leadership is inviting. It has a magnetic quality that creates excitement. At its best, leadership has that kind of impact in a workplace. That kind of leadership is born of an inspired idea that gets other people’s attention. It creates a buzz that others want to share. That inspired vibration, initiated by the head of the company has the potential to drive everything that comes next in the company’s development, staffing and growth. The theory is that “like attracts like.” An inspired vibration is a higher vibration than a ho-hum attitude toward leadership. When our vibration is higher, we have more access to our creativity and collaborative capabilities. When guided by a vision to keep a company on track, this kind of leadership inspires the employees to contribute their best.
I have come to understand that many business owners don’t know what they should be doing or saying as the leader of their companies. This is a missed opportunity since it can leave a company rudderless. Not every business owner feels like an inspired leader. But there are things any business owner can do to create clarity about their vision for their business in their own authentic way that establishes a clear path forward for everyone. Presence, focus, clarity, intention and invitation are part of inspired leadership. Perhaps the most important aspect of inspired leadership is authenticity.
Find Out Where You Stand as a Leader
If you own a business and don’t know where you stand as a leader, call Janice at 707-326-5681, and I will show you some simple things you can do to get everyone in your company on the same page about the value of what you are engaged in together with shared expectations, agreement and accountability. It’s easier than you think and well worth it!